KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Morning Concert: Brecht Composers: A Musical Brecht-fest, 1 of 2

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
Program Series
Morning Concert
Program Length
130 min
1 of 2
1986-11-10 | broadcast
| 1986-11-06 | created
Russ Jennings is joined by theatrical director R. G. Davis in a program dedicated to the various composers that worked with Bertolt Brecht. Davis describes the evolution of Brecht’s political philosophy and how that was reflected in the composers he chose to work with. Particular attention is paid to the period of 1927 to 1933 which saw Brecht’s most successful collaborations with Kurt Weill give way to the more Marxist influenced agitprop theater he created with Hanns Eisler. Davis also plays excerpts from a number of early operas by Arnold Schoenberg that illustrate the early influences of both Eisler and Weill, and set the stage for their transition of serious music from concert halls to musical theaters.
Music Theater
Musical Selections
[music from the film “Niemandsland”] (1931) / Hanns Eisler -- Galathea [text by Frank Wedekind] (1901) / Arnold Schoenberg -- Hin und zurück (”There and Back”) [libretto by Marcellus Schiffer] (1927) / Paul Hindemith -- Jonny spielt auf (“Johnny strikes up the band”), Op. 45 [excerpt] (1925) / Ernst Krenek -- Concerto, for piano, orchestra, and male chorus, Op. 39 [excerpt] (1879) / Ferruccio Busoni -- Der Jasager [excerpt, text by B. Brecht, after Japanese noh play “Taniko”] (1930) / Kurt Weill -- Erwartung Op. 17 [excerpt, libretto by Marie von Pappenheim] (1909) / Arnold Schoenberg
Marnie Nixon, soprano (Galathea)
Berlin Symphony Orchestra (Hin)
Arthur Grüber, conductor. (Hin)
Barbara Miller, soprano (Hin)
Claus Bock, tenor (Hin)
Ulrich Schaible, baritone (Hin)
Helmur Kühnle, bass (Hin)
Evelyn Lear, soprano (Jonny)
Lucia Popp, soprano (Jonny)
Gerd Feldhoff, baritone (Jonny)
William Blankenship, tenor (Jonny)
Thomas Stewart, bass-baritone (Jonny)
Vienna Academy Chamber Choir (Jonny)
Vienna "Volksoper" Orchestra (Jonny)
Heinrich Hollreiser, conductor (Jonny)
John Ogdon, piano (Concerto)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus (Concerto)
Daniell Revenaugh, conductor (Concerto)
Joseph Protschka, boy soprano (Der Jasager)
Lys Bert, vocals (Der Jasager)
Willibald Vohla, vocals (Der Jasager)
Düsseldorf Children’s Chorus and chamber orchestra (Der Jasager)
Siegfried Kohler, conductor (Der Jasager)
Anja Silja, soprano (Erwartung)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Erwartung)
Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor (Erwartung)
Songs (High voice) with piano
Operas -- Excerpts
Music theater
Concertos (Piano)
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by Save America’s Treasures, a program of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.